Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Slash Those Power Bills

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Slash Those Power Bills

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Byline: Helen Logan

Now is the time to make some New Year resolutions.

And npower has put together some tips to show how the simplest of resolutions can ensure that 2005 is both a prosperous and energy efficient year for business.

* Encourage staff to be energy efficient. The first step any business should take is to involve all staff from the outset to ensure that everyone is made aware of the necessity to become more energy efficient.

Let them know the results of any energy saving measures and any real savings that have been made. Not only will this help staff realise that small changes do make a difference, but it should also help to encourage them to become more aware of energy efficiency.

* Regularly monitor the efficiency of heating systems. The average British hotel uses about 20,000kWh per bedroom per year in heating and domestic hot water.

By regularly servicing a boiler you can ensure that it is working at its most efficient and save money.

By keeping a close eye on energy consumption and reviewing bills at least once a month, you will spot any abnormal increases and potentially costly problems immediately.

* Set heating controls appropriately. Controls need to change to reflect the time of the year and external temperature. A routine check ensures that they are at the best setting for the time of the year.

* Use thermostatic controls on radiators. These can be easily fitted to most radiators and will improve guest comfort and save money. Controls should be set to 10-14AC during unoccupied periods and 20-25AC in occupied areas.

Fitting heat reflectors behind radiators will also improve efficiency. These can be fitted with very little visual intrusion and do not require radiator removal for installation.

* Fit self-closers on external doors. These devices are readily available and can help to reduce heat loss significantly, especially in areas of heavy traffic. …

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